A House in Corfu by Emma Tennant
A Family's Sojourn in Greece

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The story of an unspoiled island and an English family making a home by the Aegean Sea.

In the early 1960s Emma Tennant's parents, on a cruise, spotted a magical bay and decided to build a house there.

This book is the story of that house, Rovinia, set above the bay in Corfu where legend has it Ulysses was shipwrecked and found by Nausicaa, daughter of King Alcinous. It is also the story of the couple who have been at Rovinia since the feast in the grove that followed the roof-raising-Maria, a miraculous cook and the presiding spirit of the house, and her husband, Thodoros-and of the inhabitants of the local village, high on the hill above the bay.

Tennant offers us the delights of quotidian adventures-salt water in the well, roads to nowhere, collapsing walls-all hilariously presented. That the house is still lived in and loved, with new generations coming to understand the delights of Corfu, is a tribute to the people and a special landscape which is distinctly Greek. Full of color and contrast, A House in Corfu shows the huge changes in island life since the time of the Tennants' arrival, and celebrates, equally, the joy of belonging to a timeless world: the world of vine, olive, and sea.


About Emma Tennant

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Emma Tennant is best known for a postmodern approach to her fiction, which often gives a dreamlike twist to classic stories. Her books include a sequel to Pride and Prejudice called Pemberley and Thornfield Hall: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story.
Published February 1, 2003 by Henry Holt and Co.. 224 pages
Genres: Travel, History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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With the help of a local architect, the building of the house (a simple design with huge glass windows facing the sea) went relatively smoothly, even though bags of building materials and fresh water had to be carried up a steep, winding path on the backs of local women.

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Her grandson, Nigel Nicolson, bought the Shiants for £1,400 and, when Adam was 21, gave them to him.

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